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May 29, 2014

My Opinion: May 29, 2014

By NH State Representative L. Mike Kappler
Carriage Towne News

---- — RAYMOND - Some of the bills we discussed in our House Session of May 14th are reviewed below.

SB-230, relative to the definition of utility terrain vehicles.Thought this might be of interest. It passed on Consent Calendar. Bill adds a new definition to the OHRV laws for the new types of vehicles including the “side by side” and the new wider-type machines that are requiring trail work.

SB-207-FN, relative to paycheck equity. This bill is just feel good, redundant legislation as pay equity is already in RSA 275:37. A-1629h failed (Y) RC 152-184; motion to Table (Y) failed RC 129-208; Dems passed bill OTP (N) RC 233-103.

SB-390, (New Title) prohibiting discrimination against employees who are victims of domestic violence and establishes a committee to study the protection of employees from domestic violence. This anti-liberty bill adds another layer of prohibited practices on employers. Bill establishes a committee to study the protection of employees from domestic violence. It prohibits employers from discriminating against employees who are victims of domestic violence. A-1629h (Y) failed RC 152-184; motion to Table (Y) failed RC 129-208; Dems passed bill OTP RC 233-103.

SB-120-FN, relative to political contributions and expenditures and relative to reporting by political committees. Bill attempts to increase transparency in political activities by requiring registration and reporting by non-political groups and organizations who chose to speak on a particular issue. However, the new definitions are confusing and in conflict with federal laws; requiring registering and reporting by advocacy groups might well blur the distinction between political organizations and others. The Constitution, Part 1, Article 22, states, “Free speech and liberty of the press are essential to the security of freedom in a state. They ought, therefore, to be inviolably preserved.” Political speech is the very essence of free speech. A-1654h (N) passed D 223-77; Flr A-1812h (Y) failed RC 110-205; motion to “Indefinitely Postpone” (Y) failed RC 114-191; Dems passed bill OTP-A (N) RC 186-119.

SB-319-FN, relative to access to reproductive health care facilities. Bill provides certain parameters for access to reproductive health care facilities. It establishes a civil fine and authorizes the Attorney General or County Attorney to seek injunctive relief in certain circumstances. We started working on this bill at 10:40am and worked until 12:40pm, broke for lunch, came back at 1:30pm and finished at 2:20pm. Bill was pushed through by “pro-abortion” supporters: A-1720h (Y) passed Y VV; Flr A-1833h (Y) failed RC 105-179; Flr A-1839h failed RC 79-209.

There were a great deal of motions going back and forth between both sides. But after the final vote, a group of us got up and filed a protest with the Speaker saying, “I here-by lodge a protest against the passage of SB-319 pursuant to Part 2, Article 24 of the Constitution of the State of New Hampshire. I believe this bill to be contrary to the rights of free speech and assembly guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution for the USA and Part 1. Article 22 of the Constitution of the State of New Hampshire and to the right of equality under the law protected by the Constitution of the State of New Hampshire and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution for the USA.”

(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at l.mikekappler@comcast.net)